Tips to combat hot car deaths on National Heatstroke Prevention Day

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Look before you lock.

That is a key part of child safety advocates' strategies to raise awareness for preventable hot car deaths on National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

Since 1998, every state has seen at least one child death from being stuck in a hot car, according to the National Safety Council. Last year was the deadliest year on record for child hot car deaths with 51 children losing their lives.

Local law enforcement recommend simple methods to assure this doesn't happen.

"Leave your purse or cell phone or something like that, an article that you're going to need when you get out in the back seat," Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said, "so you have to open up the backdoor to get in so you'll see if there's a child left in there."

Sheriff Mincks added that if you see a child alone in a hot car, passed out or appearing to be sleeping, call 911 immediately.